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Film, and Nothing More... An Abbas Kiarostami Retrospective

30 June – 19 September 2021


Garage Screen presents the first retrospective in Russia of one of the world’s most significant filmmakers Abbas Kiarostami—the first Iranian director to win a Palme d'Or at Cannes. Kiarostami is among the few turn-of-the-century filmmakers who were able to naturally capture the very spirit of cinema—its unknowable nature and deeply poetic, irrational relationship with reality and the human.

The program includes all of Kiarostami’s features as well as rare shorts and documentaries. Most of these films have been restored.

Kiarostami remains among the most relevant contemporary filmmakers—an internationally acclaimed creator as well as an agent of change, bringing about shifts in the language of film and the moving image of the twentieth century, which continue today. His career, in many ways, has reflected the development of film: from classical (neo)realism through clever experiments with the documentary and imagination to a new vision that erased the boundaries between fact and fiction, as well as between the experience of film and immediate life.

The retrospective consists of five sections. Before the Revolution features Kiraostami’s earliest works shot before the Iranian Revolution. Dismantling the Fourth Wall brings together the films in which he began to explore the nature of film and moving images and their connection to reality. International Recognition contains the best-known and emblematic of his films, which brought Kiarostami international acclaim. Films shown in The Magic of the Digital marked his transition to digital cameras, and A Return to the New presents his films as an acclaimed director, in which he continued to experiment with the language and search for a new form, partially returning to the poetics of his early work.

To accompany the retrospective Garage Screen summer cinema will present a series of public events focused on Iranian history and culture, as well as on Abbas Kiarostami and other Iranian filmmakers. The Museum will also publish the essay The Evidence of Film by Jean-Luc Nancy—the first in the series of Garage Screen publications devoted to film.

Retrospective curator: Evgeny Gusyatinsky.


In the lecture block of the program, Iranists and film critics will discuss the culture of Iran before and after the Islamic Revolution, the aesthetic specificity of Kiarostami’s movies, and his experiments with form in different periods of his practice.

The public program also features a presentation of the French philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy’s book Abbas Kiarostami: The Evidence of Film, which launches a special Garage Screen series of publications about film.

One of the events will be a presentation of the July issue of Iskusstvo Kino (The Art of Cinema) magazine, which presents a selection of studies of Kiarostami’s work.

The program will conclude with an evening of Persian poetry in Garage Auditorium. The Persian poetry readings will introduce Abbas Kiarostami as a poet, revealing the common nature of artistic techniques implemented in the different spheres of Iranian culture—cinema and literature.




Standard: 350 rubles
Student: 250 rubles*

 GARAGE cardholders:  175 RUB.

Tickets for seniors, veterans, large families, under 18s, and visitors with disabilities (with one carer): 175 RUB**

We recommend that you buy tickets in advance. All ticket categories are available online.

* Students aged 18–25 on production of relevant ID
** Please show proof of eligibility at the cinema entrance

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